when the two top news stories of interest collide

May 21st, 2018

The news show is broken into two halves.  On the right side, the correspondents — two women — from Windsor, up about the royal wedding.  They abruptly segue, with quick facial expression shift to announce the move to the correspondent on the left screen — live from Santa Fe, Texas — where apparently the one grim faced (and “gravitas” filled) man had just flown in and is standing there before the school.

I suppose if we flip the order of news coverage, whoever is standing in Texas wouldn’t have to wipe the face off and segue abruptly to a move to the chatty grinning for whoever is out in Windsor.


May 18th, 2018

Notable in the aftermath of day’s school shooting in Texas… the argument that after a 1996 incident Australia (and under the conservative John Howard Administration) enacted strict gun control law, and after that mass shootings ceased… becomes moot in en toto terms and asterisked in broad statistical terms… due to events in Australia a week ago.

gauging Tom Wolfe’s legacy

May 17th, 2018

11,600 google news results for Tom Wolfe and “Kool Aid”.  248,000 for Tom Wolfe and “Right Stuff”.  12,900 for Tom Wolfe and “Radical Chic”.

Strangely, “Acid Test” brings in 11,300.

I do see obituaries whose headline notes him as the author of “Electric Kool Aid Acid Test”, though — as you would expect from the search results here, the headlines highlighting “Right Stuff” are picked up by more sources.

You’ve been warned

May 11th, 2018

Interesting to note.  Like assembling a new Beatles song out of old recordings, I suppose… John F Kennedy’s speech warning about the coming era of Trump (oh, if your partisanship fits that screed, you can read it that way), to be delivered right after he was shot in Dallas… now… delivered, out of old components of speeches.

The effect is powerful, if not perfect. At its best, Kennedy is clearly doing the talking; hearing him complete his mission for that day has moved many listeners to tears. At its worst, a robotic inflection on some phrases makes it sound like JFK inhabits an automated voice mail system.

Or, like South Park disassembling old episodes of Jerome “Chef” McElroy, when killing him off because of Issac Hayes’s dispute with the show over Scientology.  Which is pretty much how Kennedy is being automated here, right?  Just gotta find the right inflection of when Kennedy said the word “of” and “the”, or … autotone it, I guess.

And how is this being set up in the conspiratorial land of Trump?  Wait for it.

They’re about to fake a sex tape with Stormy Daniels!

Or, the They of the Deep State Industrial Complex New World Order can find tape of Stormy Daniels engaged in sex (is that available anywhere?) and merge it with the same of Donald Trump (I think the Ruskies may have some).


“twittering” through history

May 10th, 2018
Surveying the diaries of an ancestral relative.  A frequent lament of the current era of social media has it that people drop in with banalities — oh, the lunch you are right now eating.  I am reminded of that here, and have a sense that maybe when later ages excavate such tweets, it won’t be anything new.
Curious to see if she had any observations on the events of the big days, I flip about …
Sun Dec 7,1941
Mass.  9:30.  Jane came and took us to their house for dinner.  We took Aunt Ceal to the car and came home after some grocery shopping.  Japan started war on U.S.  Lovely weather.
I don’t think the war is mentioned again, but I suppose I should check in on VE and VJ days.  Surely she would have taken note of the atomic bomb, but my best guess is … it wasn’t important enough for this.


We won’t have Don Blankenship to kick around anymore…

May 9th, 2018

… unless we do.  Which… who knows?  Could resurface as a perennial candidate who wins eventually.
And, truthfully, someone will show up — maybe even win a primary… maybe even win the general… and it’ll be extinguishable from… hm… Don Blankenship’s contribution to campaign ads

“Swamp Captain Mitch Mcconnell has created millions of jobs for China People.
While dosing so, Mitch has gotten rich.
In fact, his China People has given him tens of millions of dollars.
Mitch’s Swamp People are now running false, misleading ads against me.
They’re also childishly calling me despicable and mentally ill.
The War to Drain the Swamp and create jobs for West Virginia People has began.
I will beat Joe Manchin and ditch Cocaine Mitch for the sake of the kids.”

It may be that elections are now the last refuge for a sort of public vindication — or at least airing of grievances– of a scoundrel.

Blankenship spent much of his campaign attempting to re-litigate the event for which he is now infamous—the 2010 explosion at his company’s Upper Big Branch mine that killed 29 miners—and his subsequent conviction for conspiring to commit federal mine safety violations. In the Trump era, he found a sympathetic audience by presenting himself as a “political prisoner” of President Barack Obama’s Justice Department.

All right.  So.  Joe Manchin-mania is… sweeping…